Georgia No. 1 player recap 

February, 18, 2013
Josh Harvey-ClemonsRadi Nabulsi/ESPNJosh Harvey-Clemons was the second straight top player in the state of Georgia to sign with the Bulldogs when he chose UGA over Florida, among others, on national signing day in 2012.
ATHENS, Ga. -- If history tells us anything, it’s that Josh Harvey-Clemons and Robert Nkemdiche had better avoid trouble at all costs. It’s a dangerous proposition to be ESPN’s top-ranked player in the state of Georgia.

Harvey-Clemons, a rising sophomore at Georgia, was the No. 1 player in the state a year ago. Nkemdiche was not just the top player in Georgia, but the top player in the entire country when he signed with Ole Miss earlier this month. But while it’s certainly prestigious to rank as the top player in a state that is known to be one of the nation’s most fertile football recruiting territories, it has not been the indicator of instant success that one might expect.

In tracking the careers of the state’s top 10 prospects each year since 2006, it became clear that it takes more than a lofty prospect ranking to achieve college success. The uneven career paths for Georgia’s previous top prospects attest to that fact.

Let’s review:


Marcus Ball, Florida State: Ball (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) seemed to be on pace for stardom in the first few games of his freshman year before going down with a season-ending knee injury. He played sparingly in 2007 before leaving the program in 2008 following multiple suspensions and an academic fraud scandal that also ensnared several of his fellow FSU student-athletes. Ball transferred to a junior college and spent his last two college seasons at Memphis. He played last season for the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts.

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